The plan was actually for PCGH to release a technology test for The Witcher 3’s next-gen update before the official launch tonight. But the benchmark and technology gods were against us.
The download for the next-gen update for The Witcher 3 will start tonight at 1 a.m the start tonight takes place. CDPR itself fuels the hype and also shows them new weather effects, which are modeled after the pre-release versions of 2014. Everything should go smoothly then?
Event version versus trial version
Everything looked good on Monday too: while on Monday Phil and Santi will have the opportunity to hands on The Witcher 3Next-gen comes early access to the PC version tonight. The disillusionment follows this morning: Where is the basically stable version of the event? There are mighty problems with the version available to PCGH during the day. According to the changelog, this is partly intentional, certain effects are still missing, which will be ironed out with a patch on Tuesday.
The PCGH benchmark gurus are slightly disappointed. With the version that is available to us and the current and recommended Nvidia driver 527.56, an artifact-free image cannot be generated. Strange image errors, weird lighting: This can’t really be the version that’s going live with users tonight. Only with a Radeon does the graphics look mostly clean, but it stutters properly. A larger patch will come later in the afternoon, but one thing is certain: We are now waiting for the final version, which will then also be available to users. In doing so, we are giving away the time advantage and the opportunity to inform the user about the final result before the download, but the obvious errors in the Steam beta branch, at least for us, do not allow a serious test. In the gallery you will find at least a comparison with next-gen graphics and previous optics.
Graphics comparison The Witcher 3
What does this mean for PCGH users interested in The Witcher 3 next-gen? Unfortunately, we can’t make any predictions whatsoever as to what state the PC version of The Witcher 3 Next-Gen will be in tonight. Everything can go well, after all the version at the event yesterday was properly playable. And no comparison to the version that runs on our computers in the beta branch. In fact, CDPR couldn’t afford to release a buggy version. If you want to start playing tonight, please let us know your experiences in the comments.